Politics, Technology, and Language

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought — George Orwell

The Web as afterlife

Posted by metaphorical on 28 March 2007

Just to follow up on the previous post, while Life closed its doors, an increasing number of publications, from a variety of publishing niches, have closed down their print operations but are continuing on the Web. The four here come from the computer trade press, teen, entertainment, and women’s markets. You wouldn’t get a better spread throwing darts at a board blindfolded.


On26 March 2007 InfoWorld reported about itself that

InfoWorld folds print mag to focus on online and events

Yes, the rumors are true. As of April 2, 2007, InfoWorld is discontinuing its print component. No more printing on dead trees, no more glossy covers, no more supporting the US Post Office in its rush to get thousands of inky copies on subscribers’ desks by Monday morning (or thereabouts). The issue that many of you will receive in your physical mailbox next week — vol. 29, issue 14 — will be the last one in InfoWorld’s storied 29-year history.


On 28 March 2007 The Wall Street Journal reported on that

Under Jack Kliger, a magazine-industry veteran, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. has turned two of its titles — ELLEgirl and the U.S. print edition of Premiere — into Internet-only outlets, their print editions shuttered. Both decisions reflected industry trends: Ad pages for Premiere were down nearly 25% in 2006, according to Publishers Information Bureau. While ELLEgirl’s ad performance was more robust, Hachette knew the long-term future of the magazine was clouded by how teenage girls use media. Mr. Kliger says ELLEgirl’s teen audience gets more of its information from computers and cellphones than it does from traditional magazines. What remains to be seen is if Web versions of magazines carry the same heft and authority as their print counterparts.


NY Times reported on 28 March 2007 that

The Meredith Corporation, a book and magazine publisher, said yesterday that Child magazine would be printed for the last time this spring, although the magazine’s Web site will continue to post original content. The company announced the move as part of a broader restructuring that will eliminate 60 jobs, 30 of them at Child.

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